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Being Ian is an Canadian animated series created by Ian James Corlett. It's about a boy named Ian Kelley who dreams about making his own movies. His father owns a piano and organ shop called Kelley's Keyboards. He gets picked on by his older brothers. Produced by Nelvana, the show aired on Qubo's Night Owl block in the US and on YTV in its native Canada.

Tropes in this series include:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Used in Ian's Fantasy Sequences, and sometimes used on vehicles in the (in-universe) real life.
  • All Just a Dream: In "Being Principal Bill", Ian finds a cave that leads into his school principal's brain.
  • Balloon Belly: Happens to Sandi and Tyrone when they both eat a stockpile of chocolate that Tyrone had hidden in Sandi's locker to try to sabotage her efforts of beating him in fitness.
  • Beach Episode: The Kelley family go to the beach in "Bad Day at White Rock". While the rest of the clan engage in typical beachside shenanigans, Ian gets stranded on a sandbar in a Cast Away parody.
  • Big Brother Bully: Ian's brothers, Kyle and Korey.
  • Black Best Friend:
    • Tyrone for Ian and Sandi.
    • Nash for Kyle.
  • Blessed With Suck: When Ian gains the ability to smell the future, at first he's treated as a hero, but then everybody starts trying to take advantage of him.
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  • Canada, Eh?: Set in Burnaby, British Columbia, Being Ian has lots of shout outs to Canadian culture. The kids attend Celine Dion Middle School, and another nearby school is named for William Shatner. And of course, everyone is obsessed with hockey.
  • Career Resurrection: invoked Dirk Octane is a former action star who becomes such a has been that he's working at Tiffany's party. While attending the party, Ian, who is a huge fan of Octane, reveals that he that he had to shave his head due to having lice and is made fun of. Defending Ian, Octane reveals that he too is bald. This move resurrects his career.
  • Companion Cube: In "Bad Day at White Rock", Ian gets stranded on a sandbar in a parody of Cast Away, and ends up talking to an old styrofoam coffee cup.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Once, when Korey tries to build a fort made out of empty boxes, while Kyle sleeps in a box next to him. When Korey wakes him up and tells him to get to work, Kyle tell him he "wasn't sleeping, he was lying very still with his eyes closed."
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  • Dreadful Musician: Sandi is a terrible singer.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of the Series Fauxnale "Hurry for Hollywood" two parter he participates in the Filmmaker contest and he actually wins with his entry with him even receiving standing ovation from the audience.
  • Egg Sitting: In "The Good Egg", Ian and Sandi get paired together to watch over an egg. Sandi gives the egg to Ian to keep and he ends up becoming emotionally attached to it.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Fricken Chicken Guy refers to Ian as "Kid".
  • Expy: Royal Stilton is one for Elton John.
  • Fake Crossover: With Yvon of the Yukon during YTV's "Big BBQ Blowout", though they only interact during the bumpers rather than than either series.
  • Fanboy: Ian is a huge fan of movies.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Constantly. Ian is a chronic daydreamer. He's also obsessed with movies, so these are frequently shout outs. They're also the only part of the series to use CG.
  • Fiery Redhead: Sandi.
  • Funny Foreigner:
    • Odbald, the Dutch guy who works at Ian's dad's store.
    • There's Ian's Polish mother and grandmother and Scottish grandmother.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • "Hockey Night in Burnaby" has former hockey star and motivational speaker Ryan Walter telling two female hot dog vendors that if they want to sell hot dogs, they first need to "sell themselves". He subsequently reassures the horrified vendors that this shouldn't be taken literally. Immediately after, Ian and Odbald arrive at the hockey stadium where they are stopped by a security guard, who Odbald scares off by telling him he came to "inspect your organ".
    • In "Being Principal Bill", Ian has a daydream where he and Sandi are literally in deep doo doo.
    • In "What's Comb Over You", Ian's mom, who gets tripped up by Ian, falls flat on her face into a magazine titled "Organ Grinder". Not only that, but in the back is a picture of piano keys as well as a few kiss marks and "1-900 Hot Keys". To top it all off she reads an article in the magazine called "How to change your G-String" (while also holding the magazine side ways in mid-air), then giving it a questionable look, gasping, and backing away nervously whilst looking at the screen.
    • The very beginning of "Scream Because I Know What You Did to That Psycho Last Summer", the word "hello", in "It's Prom Night! Hello Graduating Students!" on the school board outside, gets changed to "hell".
  • Giftedly Bad: Sandi doesn't know that she is a horrible singer.
  • Grossup Closeup: This happens in two episodes.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Grandma Kelley. As opposed to Ian's other grandmother, who's more of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Occasionally, this is Kyle and Korey's response to something another character said.
  • How Unscientific!: Usually averted, with fantasy sequences turning out to be dreams or daydreams, but played straight in the episode where Ian can predict the future with his nose. Which itself contains a Dream Sequence based on "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol, of all things: Ian's magic nose pops off his face and starts living a better life without him. Ian wakes to find he still has his nose... but it can still predict the future. Naturally, he fears his dream itself is a prediction and decides I Just Want to Be Normal.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Mr. Kelley is stuck in traffic with Kyle and Korey while trying to deliver a organ to a client. He yells out the window of his car:
    Mr. Kelley: Come on, get out of the way! I've got a pregnant... goat, that I need to get to... the airport! (to Kyle) Quick, make a sound like a pregnant goat!
  • Idiot Hero: Ian.
  • Imagine Spot: Ian has one of these in nearly every episode, and it always doubles as a reference to a movie.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite the fact that Dennis mumbles, other characters can understand him.
  • Kids Versus Adults: "Band 'o Bruthaz" sees Ian, Kyle and Korey start a boy band and enter a talent show, which alienates their parents. In retaliation, Vicky becomes the manager of the punk band Gob, and Ken and Odbald form their own metal band.
  • Laxative Prank: Kyle and Korey does this to Ian with a chocolate bunny in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".
  • Left the Background Music On: In one episode, a piano piece plays when Ken worries about Ian finding his baby photos. Ken turns around and tells Korey to stop playing the piano.
  • Long Title: The episodes "The Kelley Boys and the Mysterious Lighthouse Mystery" and "Scream Because I Know What You Did to That Psycho Last Summer."
  • Made Myself Sad: The opening of the B-plot of "The Kelleys" has Grandma Kelley attempting to brag about how much she enjoys her carefree reclining years, only to depress herself when she realizes she only has her impending death to look forward to.
  • Mr. Imagination: Ian is intelligent, if somewhat naïve, and he has a very large imagination, and often gets lost in daydreams (many of which are parodies of famous films).
  • No, You Hang Up First: Kyle does this with his girlfriend.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Unlike Korey, Kyle is actually pretty smart, but he plays dumb to fit in with his friends.
  • Only Sane Man: Sandi and Tyrone. This is especially the case for the former in the episode where Korey gets trapped on a stuck escalator and she's the only one to point out he can just walk up the steps.
  • "Risky Business" Dance: Ian does this in the beginning of "Home Alone."
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: Everybody has this thanks to the art style.
  • Sand Bridge at Low Tide: A sand bridge at low tide causes Ian to get stranded on a sand spit in "Bad Day at White Rock", which causes him to start living a Cast Away parody.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "Crime-Corder", Ian and Tyrone start a detective agency and spend the episode competing for the love of their first (and only) client. Long story short, they solve the case, but it turns out their client already has a boyfriend.
  • Shout-Out: Mainly to movies in Ian's fantasy sequences.
  • Slower Than a Snail: The B plot of "Miss Tweenage Burnaby" revolves around Korey being tasked to mow the lawn, except the riding mower he's using is so absurdly slow, even going full speed, that a passing by turtle moves faster than it while laughing at him. This motivates Korey to modify the mower to make it faster, dubbing his creation "Monster Mow", except he winds up making it too fast and powerful for him to control where he's going.
  • Snowed-In: In "Snow Fun", Ian, Ty, and Sandi get trapped in school when a snowstorm hits.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: The principal tasks Ian with finding someone to compete in a boxing match with a rival school. The school's only good boxer turns out to be Sandi, but the principal won't let a girl compete. Cue this.
  • Those Two Guys: Sandi and Tyrone.
  • Token Trio: Ian, Tyrone and Sandi.
  • Tomboy: Sandi. She prefers to play sports.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Korey.
  • The Unintelligible: Dennis who mumbles.
  • Zany Scheme: Ian has one in almost Once an Episode. They usually backfire.



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